Although Bethesda‘s show floor presence at E3 2014 was decidedly light — boasting hands on demos with only two titles: Battlcry and The Evil Within — the publisher promised that this year would still be a big one for gamers, especially Doom fans. They teased the return of the iconic FPS franchise with a short teaser trailer while also promising more details would surface at QuakeCon, and now we know a little more about that presentation.
In a post on the Bethblog, the publisher reveals that QuakeCon attendees will get an exclusive “sneak peek” at Doom meant for their eyes only. The publisher will not livestream the presentation, whatever it is, and they won’t post the footage online at a later date.
Obviously this Doom sneak peek won’t just be for QuakeCon attendees, as many will likely post their impressions or even a play-by-play of the footage, but nonetheless it sounds like Bethesda is trying to reward the franchise’s loyal fans. It hasn’t always been easy for Doom fans as of late, with developer id Software keeping relatively quiet on all things Doom.
“This an exclusive thing we are doing for attendees as part of our annual QuakeCon Welcome presentation. We’ll have plenty more to show everyone at a later date, but we didn’t want another QuakeCon to go by without doing something special for the amazing QC community and id supporters that have been with us for more than 20 years.”
That being said, id Software did release a new teaser trailer for Doom that promises a return to form for the franchise. The footage included a highly detailed, potentially CG Cyberdemon and narration that sums up the franchise’s hell-on-earth concept. Granted, it wasn’t much, but even the tiniest hint of a Doom tease is likely enough for fans.
As far as what QuakeCon attendees can expect to see, we wouldn’t be surprised if the trailer pops up again followed by a presentation from id on what exactly they plan to do with this fourth game in the franchise. We obviously don’t know at what stage of development the game is at, so it’s possible attendees could be treated to a rudimentary, PowerPoint-esque presentation — kind of like what EA had to show for Mass Effect and Star Wars: Battlefront at E3 — or, if the game is further along, perhaps the developer has some actual gameplay footage to show.
Either way, the good news is that Doom 4 is real and has not been cancelled. It was touch-and-go there for a while, but when Bethesda announced a Doom beta as a Wolfenstein: The New Order pre-order bonus hope was renewed that the shooter had not been lost.
QuakeCon takes place later this month, from July 17th to July 20th, so we’ll be sure to keep you posted as to what id Software reveals.
What do you hope id Software shows at QuakeCon? Does the promise of a Doom tease increase your interest in attending this year’s event?
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